Three more migrant children were just found abandoned by human smugglers on the Texas bank of the Rio Grande. According to Breitbart, one toddler was found alone in the area Tuesday night, and agents discovered an abandoned brother and sister just one day earlier after hearing a little girl call for help.
Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez tweeted on Tuesday, “The criminal element protects narcotics more than human life. They will have splash downs to hide narcotics and engage in failure to yields but they are quick to abandon human life to fend for themselves, leaving children alone and scared.” Chavez said in her tweet reporting the eight-year-old girl and 11-year-old boy found the day before, “smuggling organizations continue to exploit children as a commodity!”
Texas National Guard soldiers assigned to Operation Lone Star found the children and they were transferred into the care of agents assigned to the Fort Brown Station near Brownsville, Texas. Operation Lone Star is an initiative launched by Governor Abbott in March 2021 in response to the dramatic increase in illegal immigration.
According to the Texas Indigent Defense Commission (TDIC), the disaster declaration “directed the Department of Public Safety to ‘use available resources to enforce all applicable federal and state laws to prevent the criminal activity along the border, including criminal trespassing, smuggling, and human trafficking, and to assist Texas counties in their efforts to address those criminal activities.’” The disaster declaration covers 48 counties, mostly along or near the border.
Chavez reported that there have been more than 25,000 migrant children found abandoned so far in this fiscal year. As the border crisis continues to escalate, and the threat of cartels grows, more lives will be put at risk or lost, and children are not an exception.